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PHS hires new football coach

See updated stories from our Sports Page. Columnist Tommy Gartrell and the PHS Dragons' Lair News on the new coach in this week's print or e-edition.
  Pickens High School will have a new face leading the football program next year. The man behind the face is Mr. Chris Parker. Coach Parker was recommended by Principal Eddie McDonald and Superintendent Dr. Ben Desper to take on the role of Head Football Coach, and a physical education teacher at the high school. Coach Parker comes to Pickens from Chapel Hill High School in Douglas County Ga. Before his tenure at Chapel Hill, Coach Parker was the offensive coordinator at Sequoyah High School in Cherokee County.

Coach Parker is planning on traveling to Jasper next week to meet with students that are interested in playing football next year. Mr. McDonald and Athletic Director Kyle Rasco would like to extend a special “thank you” to the search committee for all the diligent work on this project.

See more on this story in next week's print edition.


+7 #1 BigChief 2012-01-26 21:59
You just hired yourself a good football coach Pickens County. He was a great Offensive Coordinator at Sequoyah.
G. Moore
-14 #2 G. Moore 2012-01-26 22:27
What's the win loss record? Does he have a knowledge of success in small one school communities? Does he know how to work and develop a community based football program so that all leagues and teams are on the same page? Does he know what it takes for success in the classroom? What are his offensive and defensive philosophies? Does he know how to raise money?

Until those questions are answered, I am very tenative in support of his hiring. It's not as much about winning, as developing the pillars of creating a winning program. Which is why I was very much wanting to bring someone from Calhoun and other similar areas that could mesh .
+11 #3 Stopthemadness 2012-01-27 14:19
He is a high school football coach not the community organizer, not the fund raiser, not the community support chain. You want someone to do that stuff get up and do it. He teaches children in school and coaches football after that, I think he has enough on his plate with out some guy or girl harassing him before he even starts the job and asks him to do what the parents should be doing. You want all that done do it yourself let the man do his job.
+8 #4 BigChief 2012-01-27 14:47
G. Moore. I think you'll be satisfied with all those down the road.
Mike Chastain
+7 #5 Mike Chastain 2012-01-27 15:16
Coach Parker was 26-17 in 4 seasons at Chapel Hill. His first season there they went 9-3 after an 0-10 the prior season. It's my understanding he has a very detailed plan on making the program a success from the high school to the youth. He is supposed to have the backing of the superintendent and BOE to work with the middle school teams to implement his offensive and defensive schemes. I only hope JYSA will encourage its coaches to do the same. I haven't had the opportunity to meet him yet but from what I've read and heard he's very detailed oriented and expects his players to be successful in and out of the classroom. Our high school program is one of the few remaining where the players do not have to pay anything to play which is a result of the fine work the Touch Down Club does to raise money and the financial support we get from our community. Most people outside of the football program don't realize that this was one of the most desired coaching vacancies in the state.
melissa gillette
+5 #6 melissa gillette 2012-01-27 17:11
Good Luck Coach Parker, see you at the games!
+3 #7 winner 2012-01-28 23:35
Its good to finally get a coach at Pickens with credentials. Welcome aboard Coach Parker!
Former Player.
+4 #8 Former Player. 2012-02-02 04:09
Coach Parker is a great coach! I played for him three years until last year. He always cares for his players no matter what happened during the season. He record for four years at CHHS was plus .500 He is known for getting students with the grades into schools at the next level. Im at Arizona Western College and i have six people from my class with scholarships or are walk ons in the south. Pickens high school is getting a great coach and a great man for the community.

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